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'X Factor' Ditches Khloe Kardashian, Mario Lopez Returns

The X Factor has had enough of a reality star that just couldn’t shine on live TV. Fox confirmed reports that Khloé Kardashian Odom will not be needed for hosting duties on the popular singing competition show.

“Khloé Kardashian will not be returning to co-host The X Factor. We really enjoyed working with her and wish her all the best in her future endeavors,” read a statement from producers of the show.

On the other hand, the network confirmed Mario Lopez is set to return as host of Fox’s reality show. Both Lopez and Kardashian joined the show as co-host in Season Two, however, after the season ended, rumors emerged suggesting Khloe had been fired for her lack of ability to handle live TV.

Although some fans of the show express their lack of enthusiasm for Lopez’ return, both he and executive producer, Simon Cowell are pleased with Fox’s decision.

“I’m looking forward to returning to The X Factor team,” Lopez said in a statement. “We’re coming back stronger and better than ever and I’m excited to check out all the new talent.”

Cowell had this to say about Lopez’ return, “I’m thrilled Mario is back for Season Three of The X Factor. Hosting a live show and keeping the judges—especially Demi—in line, is not an easy job, but Mario is a pro and we are glad he’s coming back.”

According to sources, it has yet to be decided if the The X Factor will replace Kardashian, but Cowell has said he prefers two hosts. If the reality star is replaced, that would be in addition to replacements for Britney Spears and L.A. Reid who opted out of returning for Season 3. Pop singer Demi Lovato, however, is set to return to the judges’ table.

The X Factor returns for Season Three this fall on Fox.

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